Will Gholston “Day-To-Day”August 19th, 2014
Yes, readers of this here corner of the Interwebs know Joe is a Will Gholston kind of guy. After hearing about his nightmarish upbringing and getting to meet Gholston — Joe isn’t about to say he knows any Bucs player — it is hard not to pull for the guy.
We all know his Bucs story. He began on the fringe of the bubble, an uphill climb to even make last year’s squad.
All he did was work hard and got better and better as the season wore on before he secured a starting left defensive end gig before the 2013 season ended. He showed a lot of potential in that big frame of his.
Well, it seems with Bucs coach Lovie Smith, Gholston is taking the same path. When asked about Gholston’s arm in a sling yesterday, Lovie said to his knowledge Gholston’s injury was “day-to-day,” then, unsolicited, Lovie began a short, heartfelt pitch about how much Gholston has grown as a player in a few short months with Lovie.
“He has done a great job, I might add,” Lovie said. “He was one of those players on the outside looking in until he started working. I wouldn’t say embarrassing, but he didn’t look good even going through the bags early on.
“He’s improved in a lot of ways. He’s a big man and is eager. I think he has a pretty bright future ahead of him.”
Is that future with the Bucs? It would be hard for Joe to think otherwise. Gholston has done more in one season than, say, Da’Quan Bowers has done in three. Gholston is also versatile, can play both inside and outside. That’s versatility Lovie covets.
The way Gholston hustles and works and, apparently, takes well to coaching, plus his versatility and his inexpensive salary, it would be a bit of surprise if he is not wearing a Bucs uniform on Sundays this fall.